Does just the term "tourist attraction". cause feelings of anxiety? While there certainly are some attractions that you are better off driving on by, there are plenty of good ones too. Our Pittsburgh 10Best list can help you sort the worthwhile from the worthless, ensuring only good memories are created this trip.

More than 600 birds from all over the world are exhibited in their natural habitats at the country's only bird facility independent of a larger zoo. Residents include flamingos, penguins, macaws, hummingbirds, and owls. Bring your lunch – bags...  Read More

Station Square
Monongahela Incline

This vertical track premiered in 1870 and created easier access to Mt. Washington, not to mention offering terrific sightseeing opportunities. The historic structure still delivers folks up and down the mountain, even serving as a means of...  Read More

East End Brewing Company

At Pittsburgh's own microbrewery, you can stop in for Growler Hours and pick up a half-gallon of delicious fresh brewed beer to go. Choose from varieties like the East End Witte and Black Strap Stout, or try a seasonal like Pedal Pale Ale...  Read More

Squirrel Hill

Hikers, bikers, walkers, and dog owners step out of city life and into nature when they enter 600-acre Frick Park. Playgrounds and tennis courts provide distraction, but the park is best-known for its many trails, which wander up and down the...  Read More

Kennywood Theme Park
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Since 1898, Kennywood Park has entertained visitors. It was first a trolley park, but by 1911, the park had built one of the first roller coasters (the Jack Rabbit, a wooden coaster whose last car "jumps" the track). Throughout the years, the...  Read More

West Homestead
Sandcastle Waterpark

Located where part of US Steel Homestead Works once churned out steel is Sandcastle Waterpark. It features a boardwalk with food booths like those found at the shore, several pools, a wave pool, hot tubs, and miles of waterslides – some...  Read More

Allegheny Observatory

The University of Pittsburgh maintains the city's first observatory, built in 1902. The facility now has three telescopes and is home to the Allegheny Telescope Association. Call Mon-Fri between 1-5pm to arrange a free tour.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Rambling over 70 acres, the natural habitats of some 6000 animals are represented in the Asian Forest, African Savanna, Cheetah Valley, and Tropical Forest. The zoo is also home to the PPG Aquarium, which boasts over 40 exhibits that include...  Read More

Mt. Washington
Duquesne Incline

These cars were originally built in the late 1800s. Restored, they provide panoramic views of the city. The Duquesne has a lower station on West Carson Street near Station Square and Smithfield Street Bridge, and an upper station at 1220...  Read More

Mt. Washington

The observation tower and lookout points offer great views of Point Park, the three rivers and the surrounding communities. You can also ride the restored incline cars for a small fee.